Re the Audi's DIY boost control
("The Audi's DIY Boost Control - Part 1"). This is a cool set-up
that I want badly for my Audi TT quattro. Do you have a kit that I can buy
that has all the parts or do I have to source the parts myself? I'm just afraid
I'm going to buy the wrong stuff.
We don't offer that boost control system as a kit, but if you make sure you
use the part numbers listed in the article there won't be any
Great article on the little turbo Honda ("Urban Weapon") - it's got me thinking, as always. Anyway, just to let you
know the url for the importer is www.yahoomotorsports.com (no .au as
you listed). I'm sure people will work it out like I did, but just thought I'd
let you know.
Do you really think you'd go for something this old from Japan considering
the general consensus that a lot of the newer imports being brought in aren't
that well looked after? Makes you wonder. I guess if someone has kept the car
this long, though, it's likely they looked after it or at least changed the oil
every 5 years!
Well spotted re web address - now fixed. You're right regarding the City
Turbo - we'd inspect any older Japanese import very carefully. For the
money, though - even if such a vehicle does need some maintenance - they're
absolutely great fun.
Good Hard Info
Congratulations on your interview of Harry Watson.
General Manager Product Engineering, Mitsubishi Motors Australia Ltd
Block Out Bungle?
I'm sure the owner of the Laughing Rex is very happy that you blocked out the number pate on the opening shot, only to show it clearly in the other photos in the body of the article - particularly with your joking reference to the 'legality' of a NOS system and unwanted attention from the boys in blue.
Those plates are actually for promotion of the workshop involved in the car's modification. AAS stands for Advanced Automotive Services.
Where did you buy that battery box (at "Relocating the Battery") for 20 bucks?
The box came from Whitworths Nautical World. Visit www.whitworths.com.au
Loves the Oldies
Great article on the Galant VR4
("Australia's Best Value Performance Car"). I'm loving these ones
focusing on all the cars you seem able to get in the "over 15 year old"
category. As you say, you don't need to spend over ten grand if you don't want
to. Good to see the article about this idea in general, the VR4 being the best
in this category by what you say. I've got a mate who has always raved about
Galants and I might have to agree with him now (always disappointing)!
know its extremely difficult, but hopefully you will be able to find some mildly
modified examples of each type of second-hand car to illustrate their potential
- maybe just a link to some of the relevant archived AutoSpeed articles would be
good. I realise from the recent opinion articles that this would be going over
the same ground again, but it'd be interesting to see what people have got out
of various cars - especially if you can give an idea of what it cost.
good concept for AutoSpeed is to keep the "budget performance" type stories
coming - I guess most people are in that group. These stories give me hope of
finding a fun machine next year when I'm working, as opposed to slacking off at
uni! Keep up the great work. It goes without saying AutoSpeed is the pick of any
motoring magazine I've read and way ahead on value for money!
350 You Guess It...
Re: "Driving Emotion" by Julian Edgar. As a Z owner, I can
appreciate this gentleman's comments regarding the 350Z's inability to be driven
like a rally car on back roads and uneven pavement. In rebuttal, not all of us
drive on such roads and to narrow one's view to only these driving conditions
is, frankly, narrow-minded. More appalling than the author's narrow-mindedness
is his liberal use of the word "sh*t". Your Editor should be fired. Such
amateurish work simply cannot be taken seriously or given any
Lack of Lasers
Any chance you guys would be able to run an article on the Ford Laser TX3 AWD
turbo? AutoSpeed rarely mentions them and, as far as I can tell, you have never
run a specific article on them apart from a feature car article ages ago. I
recently purchased one myself and for the money I paid (7k) I reckon its gotta
be right up there on the bang for your buck list with the VR4. Granted it
has a weak gearbox but it's the same issue with WRXs. The gearbox doesn't make
it a bad car - it just means you can't abuse it.
We have a story on the BFMR 323/TX3 Turbo scheduled! Stay
Too Many Pistons
Pistons, Pistons, PISTONS, P I S T O N S... enough already! Don't forget the
engine with 3 moving bits. A link for your viewing pleasure... http://special.rx-8.mazda.co.jp/closeup/engine6.html Check out the engine assembly videos at the bottom. And where is the RX-8 review? Not the tech bits article - the "I drove it"
We're still working on Mazda Australia for an RX-8 test car.